Wednesday, March 25, 2009
I first learned about "Victory Gardens" last year. A close friend, who just happens to be a history whiz, told me that during World War I and World War II, the United States government asked its citizens to plant gardens to support the war effort. After researching, I learned that over 20 million such gardens were planted in 1943. The harvest from those gardens supplied a third of all the vegetables consumed in our country that year. AMAZING! The Victory Garden became a family or community effort...drawing everyone together as a team...It wasn't a drudgery or a national duty...It was a pastime!
Anyone can have a Victory Garden because a large space is not required. A small area for an outdoor garden or a few containers for patio gardening can supply a large quantity of food. In addition to the fresh vegetables, there are other benefits from growing a Victory Garden. Tilling the soil and tending the plants provide solitary time to enjoy nature or family time to "connect." Also, a renewed sense of optimism abounds when we watch the "fruits" of our labor grow.
I walked into the Smith-Hawkens store a few Saturdays ago. There was a sign greeting me that the sales clerk would be glad to give customers more information on planting a Victory Garden. So, information is readily available for the novice. I am a novice, so I did a bit more research. You can check out the how-to's for starting seeds in the previous post! So, what are you planting in your Victory Garden?